Monday, September 10, 2012

Stippled Blossoms Challenge Card, I mean Really a Challenge!



I have been working on cards for an upcoming craft sale, and today I was making some wedding cards.  I was looking for something other than the white on white variety of wedding cards.  My nephew recently married at Como Park Conservatory, and he wore shorts and a white shirt, and she was in a white summer dress with a bright colored bouquet.  A fancy schmancy wedding card would just not fit the bill for that wedding.  I decided to make a bright floral card, and I was inspired by the color challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments to use Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise, Certainly Celery and Not Quite Navy, and this is the card I made.  I also chose the layout from another challenge at  Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge at Techno Stamper.  
 This is the first time I pulled out my new stamp set Stippled Blossoms, and I found it a bit of a challenge.  I have a hard time with 2 step stamping, and I am always tempted to pull out the old Stampamajig, but I have found in the past that that is frustrating, too, because the layers just don't really "line up", and I have a hard time dealing with this.  I am really drawn to the regal look of this rose, and I have never had a floral set like this, and I really want to do something beautiful, and romantic.  So, I played around with a variety of colors, and I decided that my stamp colors that I own just don't pair up together for this kind of project.  I think I am either going to have to do some research and see what others are using, or buy more colors.  It was a trial and error kind of thing, and after much trying I was never able to come up with a satisfactory group of flowers, so I decided to go the route of cutting out the ones that worked, and ditching the ones that didn't.  I gave it my best shot, and spent a lot of time fooling around, and I am definitely not going to give up on Stippled Blossoms, but I do have to find some better instructions on how to use this set.  But, that will have to wait for another day. 
Til another day, and another card,

Mary Alice

6 comments:

  1. Your card is SUPAH cute!! I love the flowers and the colors look great! Thanks so much for playing along with HSS this week!

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  2. Very Pretty!! Love the layers!!! Pearls are the perfect accents!!
    Color combo worked perfect with the flowers!! Thanks for playing
    along with Hand Stamped Sentiments, Diane

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  3. I agree, very pretty! I'm trying to resist this set but your card makes it hard!!!! One thing that I like to do with two step stamps without using a lot of colors is to do the parts with the same color but for the base color I stamp off once to get a softer tone. Then I put my outline on at full strength! Usually works pretty well. Thanks for playing at Hand Stamped Sentiments!

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    1. Thank you for the advice about stamping off with the same color. That is the way I first got to use this stamp set at a shoe box swap. She had us do it with the two layers in the same color, so that is what I did with the yellow flowers and leaves on my card. For the rose I wanted something more dramatic, so I tried the combination with the turqoise and navy, and it worked. I can't wait to experiment with some other two tone combinations, because they are fun to do.

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  4. LOVE Como and love your card. The layout and color use is perfect and beautifully stamped...if only the receiver knew how frustrating a card can be :) Thanks for playing with us at HSS.

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  5. I think you did a wonderful job with the flower set and this color combo - a challenge for sure! It was really smart to cut and piece them, they look really good set together that way. I'm sure the bride and groom will love it! Thanks for playing at Hand Stamped Sentiments! Erika

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